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Why does the world exist? : an existential detective story

Author: Jim Holt
Publisher: London : Profile, 2012.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Why is there a world rather than nothing at all?' remains the most curious and most enduring of all metaphysical mysteries. Moving away from the narrower paths of Christopher Hitchens, Roger Penrose and Stephen Hawking, the celebrated essayist Jim Holt now enters this fascinating debate with his broad, lively and deeply informed narrative that traces all our efforts to grasp the origins of the universe. With sly  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Holt, Jim, 1954-
Why does the world exist?
London : Profile, 2012
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jim Holt
ISBN: 9781847654106 184765410X 9780871403278 0871403277
OCLC Number: 796383673
Description: 1 online resource (492 pages)
Contents: Cover Page; Title Page; Copyright Page; Contents; Prologue: A Quick Proof That There Must Be Something Rather Than Nothing, for Modern People Who Lead Busy Lives; 1. Confronting the Mystery; Interlude: Could Our World Have Been Created by a Hacker?; 2. Philosophical Tour d'Horizon; Interlude: The Arithmetic of Nothingness; 3. A Brief History of Nothing; 4. The Great Rejectionist; 5. Finite or Infinite?; Interlude: Night Thoughts at the Café de Flore; 6. The Inductive Theist of North Oxford; Interlude: The Supreme Brute Fact; 7. The Magus of the Multiverse; Interlude: The End of Explanation. 8. The Ultimate Free Lunch?Interlude: Nausea; 9. Waiting for the Final Theory; Interlude: A Word on Many Worlds; 10. Platonic Reflections; Interlude: It from Bit; 11. "The Ethical Requiredness of There Being Something"; Interlude: An Hegelian in Paris; 12. The Last Word from All Souls; Epistolary Interlude: The Proof; 13. The World as a Bit of Light Verse; 14. The Self: Do I Really Exist?; 15. Return to Nothingness; Epilogue: Over the Seine; Acknowledgments; Notes; Index.
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Why Does The Word Exist? is more fun than a book this serious has any right to be. Holt has written a metaphysical page-turner and a triumph of intellectual liveliness. -- Rebecca Goldstein, author Read more...

 
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